Red Bull Salzburg take on the visitors Shkendija at the Red Bull Arena in the first leg match of UEFA Champions League third qualification round. The match will be played in Salzburg on Wednesday, August 8th.
Red Bull Salzburg have been the leaders of the Austrian Bundesilga for the last several years. The team has already had three official matches after the off-season break and won all of them with an overall 11-1 goal difference. Last season the Red Bulls were able to go through to the semifinals of the Europa League. This season the goal for the team is probably to go through to the group stage of the Champions League. Red Bull Salzburg have had 14 home matches in 2018, won 13 of them and drew once.
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The Macedonian First League has not started yet so Shkendija have been focusing on the Eurocups only. The Red and Blacks have already gone through The New Saints (5-0, 0-4) and Sheriff (1-0, 0-0) in the UEFA Champions League qualification. The team has had 14 away matches in 2018, won 8 of them, drew 4 and lost 2. It`s worth noting that the team has not scored any goals on the away fields this season.
The Austrians should get a confident win in the first leg match against the Macedonians. The level difference is huge between the teams. Furthermore, the Red Bulls have not lost a single match in front of their home crowd in 2018.
Prediction for the match: Red Bull Salzburg to win with -2.0 handicap.